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A guide to "hidden" image collections in text-based databases and other resources for finding archival images.


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Unexpected Images

Many text-based subscription databases also include rich image resources. This guide will help you find some of those "hidden" images and introduce other resources for finding archival images.

If you're interested in some of the major image databases that Cornell has either built or to which we have licensed access, try this guide to finding visual resources

Looking for illustrated books

An illustrated book will have at least one of the following terms in the Description field:

ill. (for "illustrated"), maps, pl. (plates), col. (color), plans

Here are two examples:

  • x, 414 p. illus., diagrs., 23 col. plates. tables. 26 cm.
  • 71 p. illus., 9 pl., 2 col. maps. 25 cm.

Commonly-used subject headings include:

[Try some of the links to subject terms above explore further]

Guidelines for Use

The digital image and text collections on this page are for personal, research, and instruction use only. The terms of Cornell's database licenses usually do not permit re-publication of images.

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